LegendDirector: Ridley Scott
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This lavishly staged and costumed fantasy is about young Jack (Tom Cruise) and his lady love Princess Lili (Mia Sara), and how Jack battles Darkness (Tim Curry) to save both the Princess and the world. When the peasant Jack takes Princess Lili to see the unicorns, the strongest animals around, he does not know that Darkness, with his cloven hooves, yellow eyes, and red skin plans on using Lili as bait to weaken the unicorns which he does -- and plunge the world into an ice age. Soon after that disaster, Darkness captures Lili and, Jack has to rally his elves and elvettes to rescue her and subdue Darkness at the same time.
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- Universal Studios
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- [Wide Screen, Color]
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Cast & Crew
|Mia Sara||Princess Lili|
|David Bennent||Honethorn Gump|
|Cork Hubbert||Brown Tom|
|Robert Picardo||Meg Mucklebones|
|Michael Crane||Demon Cook|
|Ian Longmuir||Demon Cook|
|Liz Gilbert||Dancing Black Dress|
|Eddie Powell||Mummified Guard|
|Eric Allaman||Score Composer|
|Nick Allder||Special Effects|
|Rob Bottin||Makeup Special Effects|
|Leslie Dilley||Art Director|
|Norman Dorme||Art Director|
|Christopher Franke||Score Composer|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Score Composer|
|William D. Gordean||Editor|
|Assheton Gorton||Production Designer|
|Joseph P. Grace||Associate Producer|
|Charles Knode||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ann Mollo||Set Decoration/Design|
|Peter Robb-King||Makeup Special Effects|
|Tangerine Dream||Score Composer|
1. Main Titles [2:11]
2. Darkness [3:03]
3. Princess Lily [5:02]
4. Jack [4:24]
5. The Unicorns [8:59]
6. A World of Ice [6:44]
7. Gump & His Friends [7:27]
8. The Unicorns' Plight [14:07]
9. Meg Mucklebones [5:19]
10. Prisoners [5:12]
11. One of Us [8:48]
12. The Dark Lord [4:41]
13. Jack's Plan [3:38]
14. The Bride of Darkness [8:07]
15. Sacrifice [6:51]
16. Darkness Denied [4:57]
17. Promises to Keep [2:09]
18. End Titles [7:21]
Play Director's Cut
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
English 5.1 DTS
English 2.0 Dolby Digital
Feature Commentary With Ridley Scott
Captions and Subtitles
Captioned For the Hearing Impaired [Close-Caption]
Feature Commentary With Ridley Scott
Alternate Opening: Four Goblins
The Faerie Dance
Brian Ferry "Is Your Love Strong Enough" Music Video
Images of Legend
Feature Commentary With Ridley Scott
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I love this movie. The story and characters are amazing but the setting is even more spectacular. I still get goosebumps watching a couple of the scenes and they are totally inspiring. However, I was disappointed that this edition does not contain the original scene version. It only has the director's cut. Which while interesting does not provide the same feeling that I remember from before. We were upgrading our VHS collection and we'll have to get a different edition of this.
okay i had seen this when i was younger and had no idea what the heck was going on but now i watch it with an adult perspective and i'm like no way can this be for kids. so after watching the director's cut i must say that its a little better but i liked did not like the new ending. i loved and remembered well the original ending including the music which in my opinion fit the setting. but for the rest the story made a little more sense. and i'm going to say that this is a film that i can watch with tom cruise (since i don't like him but i can make an exception with legend). anyway, watch the director's cut and decide whether you prefer the original or not. mia sara looks so...pretty either as the princess or the evil princess either way she's still pretty. tim curry was unrecognizable and just freaking amazing with all that make up. man did i have some nightmares when i was young with certain scenes from this. good old childhood memories and such a awkward classic.
Legend was one of the first major fantasy films of the 80's. It opened up a new chapter in the book of movie genres. Tom Cruise and Mia Sarah look fabulous as two virtuous mortals, Jack and Lily, who are in danger of losing their world to the evil dark lord, played by Tim Curry. This movie has fairies, goblins, elves, unicorns, and even a water demon ( Meg Mucklebones ) Legend is a compelling version of good vs. evil in a realm so pure. The movie blends well and makes the viewer think, is there really another realm like this?
Legend: Star Studded Cast and Christian Mythology at its Best The crossover of Christianity into mythology began hundreds of years ago as the Roman Empire reached Ireland. It's said that, as they leaped from their ships and waded ashore, they took in the sky clad Celtic warriors, painted blue and singing their eerie war cries and, for the first time in the history of the Empire, the Legions faltered. Their witches darted in and out of the ranks, carrying torches and casting enchantments, and the Legions ventured forward. The short version is that Ireland was conquered. The long version is that The Holy Roman Empire fell and we wound up with Yule, Easter and Halloween. Since then, the oldest of mythologies has become entangled in the Christian belief system (some say that Jesus, after he rose, took a path to Ireland to find Lillith's descendants). Legend is an excellent example of this. Lily is a Lady from the hill and Jack is a forest boy. He knows the secrets that peasants share, about fairies, spirits and monsters. She's kinder than most nobles and wanders down to the dells and forests often, eventually falling in love with Jack. Her innocence is the innocence of a sheltered life and his is that of a wild thing, not knowing the corruption of politics. He takes her to see the two unicorns that keep their wild places filled with wonder and magic and, against his warnings, she touches one. Innocence is lost and the goblins steal the mare's horn, an eternal winter falls. If you're not reading between the lines here then you're probably missing the true story that makes legends. Lily is stolen by the Devil (played by Tim Curry) and offered her hearts desire, if only she'll seek power. She lies, and asks to kill the last unicorn, so that she has a chance to free it. In the meantime Jack (Tom Cruise) seeks out his fairy friends and goes on a series of quests to save her and bring the unicorn back its horn. Magic and mythos, fury and desire, Legend is a great way to steal away for an hour or so. You won't want to come back. http://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/08/legend-star-studded-cast-and-christian.html
Another film I love. Tim Curry is a brilliant actor and love his films.
Jack takes Lily to see the unicorns but makes the mistake of wanting to take a closer look at the creatures. The goblins are to bring the horn of one of the unicorns and unfortunately succeed. In doing so, the world is turned into a snowy place and Jack along with an elf and others are to stop the Lord of Darkness and turn back the world as it once was. The locations, the costumes, just the look of the film is visually stunning. The characters are interesting. It's obvious the make-up people did an amazing job with characters like Blix and especially Darkness, played by Tim Curry, in a very creepy performance. This film I remember, while looking great, had a dark and creepy atmosphere to it, and seeing it years later, it still does. The music, depending on the version you're seeing, is good too. Recommend this movie if you love 80s fantasy movies and are tired of fantasy movies nowadays that are just about CGI instead of telling a story.
this is a classic! A true fairy tale/fantasy masterpiece. It's a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. It's good vs. evil at it's best in this genre.
I have loved this movie since I was a child. It is the classic battle between good and evil, light and dark. I love the concept of the unicorns being sacred and the light of the world. The love between Jack and Lily is sweet and innocent, yet sexy and powerful. As I've grown older, I have noticed more strong characteristics of the movie and it continues to be in my top 5 list of movies.
The movie's alright with the dazzling costumes, make up and setting. Tom Cruise is okay as the lead hero and character as Jack with Mia Sara as Lily and Tim Curry is scary as Darkness but is for some reason tall. I mean really tall and the horns on his head look heavy. Pretty good movie none the less.
I remembered watching this movie when I was younger and loved it so much, I had to add it to my movie collection!!I didn't know there were two versions, but I think I like the original!
This is a beautiful, stunning movie visually. From the enchanted forest, to the charming peasant cottage, to the frightening interior of The Great Tree...(doesn't sound too scary hm?), each landscape holds a magic of its own. The music by Toto adds even more mystery. Tom Cruise, before dental work, does well as the reluctant forest boy turned hero, Of course, Tim Curry as Lord Darkness deserves all the applause. That man has creepy evil characters down pat. The plot does leave a little something to be desired; it's pretty much the basic good vs. evil and that's it. But if you just sit back on a dark night with candles for mood, and just watch...that wont even matter. For lovers of fantasy, this is a must. For lovers of Tom Cruise, this is umm...well...
This was a really fun film...I think the ''Evil Lord of Darkness'' might be a little scary for younger children, but the princess was absolutely lovely, as were the unicorns, and Tom Cruise makes a very good ''noble hero in shining armour'', so to speak. I also loved the cute little elf guy...
I love this movie more than any other movie I have ever scene. The effects and costumes were awesome then and they ,to me, still are awesome and beat out some of these other movies. The storyline awesome as well. Love it Love it. If only they could make clean movies like this one over and over. I have to let my children watch these movies legend, princess bride, labrynith. Anyways AWESOME MOVIE
Ridley Scott is a camera visuals specialist and this movie showcases that talent. Fantastic imagery is the hallmark of Legend. Tom Cruise fans do not need to get excited about this film as he does not give a great performance and the character that he plays doesn¿t allow for much range. I saw the American version when it was originally released. It was mesmerizing but I noticed a choppiness to the story and several places where it looked like someone had pasted two unrelated scenes together. I surmised that the film had been cut up in the editing room and wondered why. I found out why when I got this disc. There are two versions on the disc. One the original released in England and the other the edited American version. Apparently the original version did not do well in theaters and so considerable re-editing was done before introducing it into the American market. The reediting was done long after shooting had stopped and so the editors had to patch together a new version from what they had. They shortened the movie by about 15 minutes, rearranged scenes, and replaced Goldsmiths score by one from Tangerine Dream. In doing so they created some problems like the choppiness that I noted and some scenes were lost that are necessary to understanding later scenes. Still, I think they were right to do the reediting. The American version has a stronger impact than the original version and the original version was definitely too long. I am glad that both versions are included on this disc so that we can hear Jerry Goldsmith¿s score and see how the original scenes went together. In his commentary Ridley Scott says that he ended up liking both versions and, althought I have a preference for one, I agree.
This movie still holds up after all these years. I'm glad to see that Ridley included the classic score for this release. The original score was a little 80ish. Great visuals and costumes highlight this fantasy tale. Yes, this is a girly movie but guys can enjoy it too. The only bad thing I can say is the movie is a little too long and it tends to drag in spots. This is still a must have for your DVD collection.
This movie was more than outstanding! The costumes, makeup, and characterization were awsome and really intriged me to keep watching the movie. Tom, Mia, and Tim were wonderful. Great jod Ridley.
This has been one of my favorite movies since I was a kid. Yes it is a bit of a girly movie, but it has some action in there for the guys. (Yes the unicorns had taped onhorns, but give them a break it was the 80's. The the kind of high tech graphics,imaging and stunts weren't around back then, not to mention it was probably a low budget film), although i thought the sets were great. It's fantastic, nonetheless. You have to have a good sense of adventure and a vivid imagination to really make it come together.
I am only 14, and even I understand the work that went into this to make a wonderful movie experience!
Love this movie but they have changed the main song though-out the movie and I hate the new song.
Legend was a pioneer in the fantasy film genre. With Ridley Scott as the director, Brian Froud as the conceptual artist, and Tom Cruise prior to his slick ''Top Gun'' persona, this film is incredibly lush and rewarding for fantasy film fans. Tim Curry is magnificent as the quintessential villain, Darkness. This DVD offers both the Theatrical version with the lengendary Tangerine Dream score, as well as the Director's original vision, with Jerry Goldsmith's more traditional score, generally held to be his finest work. (I personally prefer the Theatrical version, but was delighted to finally see the film with the Jerry Goldsmith score, which I've owned on CD for many years, and have come to love.) Definitely a must-see for the fantasy film lover.
I saw this movie because my friend is a huge Tom fan, and needless to say we were both shocked at how horrible one movie could be. Some parts were so bad they were almost funny, like when little elf boy Jack O'Green (Tom) Hops around and with one hand stretched out says, ''Don't touch the unicorns.'' (White horses with taped-on horns) Spare yourself the agony and save your money, don't see this movie. (Tom fans - see Jerry Maguire for the tenth time instead.)
This movie was one of Tom Cruise's earlier films, and I believe one of his best. The creatures and make-up in this film transports you to a non-existing world, but makes it believable. Tim Curry makes his character (Darkness)your worst nightmare a reality. Must See!!
This fantastic fable takes place in an enchanted forest full of fairy's, goblins and of course a unicorn. Tom and Mia are at their best in this extremely entertaining film!